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(2003), PG-13 -- ... any doubt as to what the filmmakers were trying to impart?
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Touchstone Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Audrey Wells
Producer(s): Katie DiMento, Laura Fattori, Mark Gill, Sandy Kroopf, Tom Sternberg, Audrey Wells
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Frances Mayes, Audrey Wells. Screenplay: Audrey Wells
Cinematography/Camera: Geoffrey Simpson
Music: Christophe Beck, Daniele Luppi
Film Editing: Arthur Coburn, Andrew Marcus
Casting: John Brace, Béatrice Kruger, Linda Lowy
Production Design: Stephen McCabe
Art Direction: Gianfranco Fumagalli, Gianni Giovagnoni
A picture postcard in photography, but subjectively I found the acting and the story somewhat dry and forgettable. Diane Lane plays Frances Mayes, a recently divorced writer and book critic who is still reeling from the divorce. Friends of hers, Patti (Sandra Oh) and, I think it was, Katherine (Lindsay Duncan), recommend that Frances take a break and get out of the country for a well-deserved vacation, go to Italy. Soon, Patti and Katherine give Frances a paid plane ticket to Italy. Frances said to Patti that she was not ready for another relationship. To that Patti told Frances she has nothing to worry about. It is a gay tour. Patti and Katherine are lesbian lovers. Patti is pregnant, ostensibly by artificial insemination since as Anna and Eve cannot procreate any more than can Adam and Steve. By the way, as reportedly almost all gay/lesbian relationships go, this one fails as Katherine decides she does not want to be a mother a leaves Patti [1Cor. 6:9-10; 1Cor. 6:18; Rom. 1:26].
Once in Italy, Frances found she did not want to return to the US and bought an older fixer-upper home. Some wonderfully picturesque Polish folks helped Frances repair the rundown villa. While not looking for a new romance. Frances found it with Marcello (Raoul Bova). Let me see. The Findings/Scoring sequence of immoral behavior notations at this point read "... sex games; sex offer; co-striping for sex; inappropriate touch; adults in underwear making out in bed; cohabitation; man and woman in bed making out the morning after; vulgar touch; ..." Though the deed itself happens off screen, is there any doubt as to what the filmmakers were trying to impart?
Enough said about the plot and story typical for a movie the MPAA finds acceptable for your 13 year old kids. *Under the Tuscan Sun* is, by secular reviews, a "chick flick." I wonder if the pattern shown in the CAP thermometers is representative of the "chick flick" genre, centered around sexual immorality [1Ths. 4:2-5] with little to no violence and murder/suicide but a strong helping of foul language [Eph. 5:4; Prov. 22:11] and the use of God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11] with plenty of booze [1Cor. 6:9-10]. If we can ever find enough funding to put the massive data we have amassed over the years through a trending search, I'll let you know.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|